The Larry Eason Invite is anything but a friendly “invitational” meet to Blaine track coach Mike Grambo.
“This is the biggest invite in the state,” Grambo said. “We get to go see the best of the best, and it’s more competitive than state.”
The invite will host schools in multiple classifications, from 1A to 4A and even some schools from Canada. Meet organizers expect to have more than 1,200 athletes competing with some of them in multiple competitions. The meet will be held at Snohomish High School on Saturday, April 14.
Blaine boasts some top-ranked athletes on both the boys’ and girls’ sides.
Cherish Morrison is one of those athletes. She has already won multiple state championships and looks at this meet as a chance to compare herself against runners from much larger schools. She will run alongside one of her teammates in the 400-meter race, Kiersten Sigfusson.
Sigfusson is also one of the top-ranked runners in the race. This meet will also give her a chance to improve on her 200-meter times. She will run with Morrison, Olivia Adams and Olivia Olason in the 4x200-meter relay.
This will also be the first time that the girl’s 4 x 400-meter relay will run in a meet.
“We think we can beat our school record,” Grambo said. “We don’t know how we will do, but we hope to have a good run.”
This is the perfect opportunity for the relay runners to find out how good they can be, as the team will run against top competition in the state and as the track season begins to end.
“Our league is the toughest in the state,” Grambo said. “It can be a good thing because we are better because of all the competition.”
Senior Ephraim Westbrook highlights the boys’ side.
“Ephraim isn’t the most vocal person,” Grambo said. “He leads more with his actions than words.”
Westbrook will try to use this meet to improve his already state-ranked marks. He will run the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints as well as the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays.
Tom Bradley has the second best 1600-meter time in the conference and is also ranked in the 3200-meter run. His teammate Eddie Fontes also holds ranked marks in the same events.
The boys also have some field players to watch out for. Eddie Avena will compete in the shot put for the Borderites. He hopes to improve his mark of 50' 0''. James Fakkema is ranked sixth in state in javelin and Andrew Dahl is competing in the pole vault.
After Saturday’s meet in Snohomish, the Borderites will be back in action at the NWC Championships on April 20 at Civic Field in Bellingham.